Dr Richard Dance

Old and Middle English language and literature (especially the history and use of early English vocabulary and the influence of Old Norse).
Praelector; Skerne's Foundation Clerk
Reader in Early English

Dr Richard Dance is Director of Studies in ASNC at St Catharine's, a Fellow of the College and a Reader in the ASNC department. He has published on various aspects of Old and Middle English language and literature, including work on Wulfstan, The Battle of Maldon, Layamon's Brut, Ancrene Wisse and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and is particularly interested in the influence of Old Norse on early English. After studying at the University of Oxford, he came to the College in 1997. He is the principal teacher of Old English in Cambridge, and lectures and supervises widely in that subject (and in Germanic Philology) for the ASNC tripos.

  • Words Derived from Old Norse in Early Middle English: Studies in the Vocabulary of the South-West Midland Texts (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2003) 
  • 'Glossary' (and some 'Notes') in Ancrene Wisse: A Corrected Edition of the Text in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 402, with Variants from Other Manuscripts, ed. Bella Millett, vol. 2 (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • With Laura Wright (eds.), The Use and Development of Middle English: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Middle English, Cambridge 2008 (Peter Lang, 2012).